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Jack Klugman NY Post article on not being honored at Emmys

Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:47 am

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Jack Klugman doesn’t make the cut at Emmy tribute

By Michael Starr

September 23, 2013 | 2:24pm

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Jack Klugman, pictured here in 2005

One of my favorite “Twilight Zone” episodes is called “A Game of Pool,” notable for featuring only two actors: Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters.

In that 1961 episode, Klugman’s sad-sack pool shark Jesse Cardiff, convinced he’s the best there is — even if no one else knows it — is challenged to a high-stakes game of pool by dead billiards legend Fats Brown (Winters), who, in perfect “Twilight Zone” fashion, appears in Jesse’s dingy pool room. The two men spend the next half hour engaging in banter and psychological one-upsmanship — a study in brilliant acting, timing and terrific chemistry between two old pros.

I thought of this during Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, which broke tradition by honoring four late TV giants — and one lightweight, Cory Monteith — with solo “tributes.”

Winters was one such legend so honored, and rightfully so.

But not Jack Klugman.

It was a WTF? moment that stood out for its sheer gall. You can honor Monteith — a 31-year-old actor with a paper-thin resume who overdosed in a Vancouver hotel room — but you can’t find three minutes for a true TV legend? One of the all-time greats who not only headlined two long-running series (“The Odd Couple,” “Quincy”) but was a familiar face during the industry’s mid-’50s “Golden Age” and was beloved by one and all?

Instead, Klugman was idiotically snubbed, relegated to the traditional “In Memoriam” segment, where his photo, flashed on-screen, generated — by far — the biggest applause from the in-studio audience. They recognized his importance to a medium he helped shape. Apparently the show’s producers did not.

Klugman’s rightful place was among the pantheon honored Sunday night: Winters, Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg and James Gandolfini. Monteith’s inclusion in that esteemed group was a cynical attempt to cater to the show’s “young” viewers — and nothing more.

Talk about a farce, and an insult to Klugman’s memory. The actor, who died last December at the age of 90, not only won three Emmys (including two for “The Odd Couple”) but appeared in four (!) “Twilight Zone” episodes while gracing other TV classics (“The Defenders,” “Naked City,” “The Untouchables”) with his earthy acting and gritty magnetism.

Leave it to an industry more attuned to ratings than artistic integrity to diss a TV giant on the industry’s biggest night.

Hooray for Hollywood.

Re: Jack Klugman NY Post article on not being honored at Emm

Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:25 am

Thank you for posting.

I am so sorry to read that Mr Klugman was snubbed.

I enjoyed watching him. RIP, very sad.

Re: Jack Klugman NY Post article on not being honored at Emm

Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:23 am

that was absolute Bullshit, I really hate these Awards sometimes, Emmys, The Oscars, they really get it so wrong so many times. Jack Klugman is one of all time favorite actors.

Just who makes the choices of who should win these awards, because I get so mad at them sometimes, and wonder why the hell I ever watch them anymore. It's not like It was back when they were good, but not anymore, I think they should let the public choose and vote. :?

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Re: Jack Klugman NY Post article on not being honored at Emm

Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:11 am

He was still honored in the usual emmy memorial where they show pictures of actors who died during the year.

Sorry to say this but Jack Klugman isn't really remembered that much anymore especially for the younger demographic that the emmys wanted to reach.

I believe The Emmys got it's highest ratings in seven years.

Larry Hagman is probably better known today than Jack Klugman and would have been a wiser choice if they were going to include an older television actor.

Re: Jack Klugman NY Post article on not being honored at Emm

Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:47 am

SUN-RCA wrote:that was absolute Bullshit, I really hate these Awards sometimes, Emmys, The Oscars, they really get it so wrong so many times. Jack Klugman is one of all time favorite actors.

Just who makes the choices of who should win these awards, because I get so mad at them sometimes, and wonder why the hell I ever watch them anymore. It's not like It was back when they were good, but not anymore, I think they should let the public choose and vote. :?


The members of the Academy of Television arts and sciences.

They have over 15,000 members who are divided up to vote in different categories.

Re: Jack Klugman NY Post article on not being honored at Emm

Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:24 am

Quincy was a favourite tv show of mine